This summer, Malian hip-hop SMOD crew heads out on their debut US tour, visiting Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Columbus, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Cruz.
The groundbreaking debut album from SMOD was produced by global superstar Manu Chao. SMOD originally connected with Manu Chao through their frontman Sam, who is the son of world music stars Amadou & Mariam. Manu Chao had produced Amadou & Mariam’s breakthrough album, ‘Dimanche a Bamako,’ catapulting them into international icons.
Watch their music video for “Ca Chante”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKlRookSD8I
SMOD’s album fuses hip-hop, folk and blues music with traditional Malian styles from a politically-conscious
perspective and addresses inequalities across African history via impassioned French lyrics. French rap sensation Keny Arkana is featured on the track, “J’ai Pas Peur Du Micro.”
SMOD embodies the emergence of a new scene in Africa, the embracing of new urban sounds while incorporating the importance of heritage. While the group has released three albums in Europe over the past 10 years, this new release is their proper North American debut.